Christian Birth and Adoption Announcements

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Having a baby or bringing a child home soon and want to share the news with the world? I love birth announcements – tiny pictures, sweet cheeks, happy news. If you’re looking for one that share Scripture or scriptural truth as well, we’ve got some choices for you!

 

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This beautiful one-photo design has Psalm 139:14 – “I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made …” You can find it at Photo Card Cafe, and there’s also a blue version.

 

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Another favorite verse for parents of newborns is “For this child I prayed” (1 Sam. 1:27). Here’s a lovely black-and-white card with hints of blue or pink.

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I wish I had seen this design for one of my babies! This one shares, “The Lord has done great things for us!” (Ps. 126:3). You can customize it to be in any font and color you choose. What Joy indeed! (And how perfect for an adoption as well?)

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I love that the Scripture on this one is a little different from what you normally see. It says, “With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations” (Ps. 89:1). And isn’t announcing the birth of a child or an addition to your family just that? The Blessed Family birth announcement comes to you via a digital file, so you can have it printed wherever you want. There is a choice of pink, lavender, green, and blue backgrounds.

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This announcement has a poem, with the words to the poem in one color and font and the announcement information in another color and font. A little more formal. This one is also a digital file purchase.

{We were not asked to blog about any of these companies or compensated in any way. We simply hope this is helpful for you!}

God Came Through by Ellen Stumbo

“God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through.”
Francis Chan

 

When Andy and I saw the picture of a little Ukrainian girl with cerebral palsy, we felt as if we had been looking at our daughter. A sweet smile and a short paragraph was all we had, but our hearts began to beat for adoption. Yet, while the excitement grew, so did our apprehensions.

“Can we really do this financially?”
“Will Nina fit in with her sisters?”
“Will Ellie feel resentful having two sisters with special needs?”
“Could Nina’s needs be more than we could handle?”
“Are we alone in this?”

Four weeks before our travel date, we found ourselves $10,000 short. Finances had been the greatest hurdle before committing to adopt, and we were in the place we feared. We were discouraged. It was then I came across the quote from Francis Chan.

Okay, Lord, we are over our heads here. If this is what You have for us, You will come through and blow us away.

He did. In the short weeks that followed the debt was covered. Our mailbox was full of letters and checks with generous donations. God’s reassurance: Yes, My child, this is My will.

We did not know what the future would look like with an adopted child. However, we trusted God so completely that we put ourselves in a situation where we needed Him to come through; not only during the adoption process but also in the years to follow. Although there have been trying times in the last two years, all those first questions seem insignificant in light of the love we now have for our daughter.

Ellen Stumbo is a writer and speaker. She is the mother of three daughters: Ellie; Nichole, who has Down syndrome; and Nina, who was adopted and also has special needs. She is wife to Andy, a pastor. You can read more about her adoption journey in the November issue of ParentLife in her article “Orphan No More.”

Snowflake Adoption: Jon and Jodi by Bill Conger

This past Sunday was Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. One of the many ways that Christians can honor God’s gift of life is through adoption. Our January 2011 feature "Choosing Life" by Bill Conger celebrates three families who chose life by choosing adoption.

Another very special form of adoption is embryo adoption … also known as snowflake adoption. Jon and Jodi have a powerful testimony about embryo adoption to share! Enjoy their amazing story!

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For six long years, Jodi longed to be pregnant, but that didn’t seem to be part of God’s plan for her and her husband, Jon. The Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, couple quickly nixed the in vitro fertilization (IVF) option for moral and ethical reasons so they pursued domestic adoption.

"I kept wondering why would God give me such a deep desire to become pregnant that wouldn’t go away if there wasn’t going to be a pregnancy," Jodi recalls. "There’s got to be a reason for that."
They eventually chose to adopt embryos.

"In embryo adoption, you’re providing a solution for the extra embryos created though IVF. You’re giving children life that wouldn’t otherwise reach birth."

Just like a traditional adoption, the Jon and Jodi filled out reams of paperwork and were properly screened to make sure they were a suitable adoptive family. The doctor prepped Jodi’s body through a series of hormone shots before transfering three embryos.

"Our prayer the whole time was that God would protect each embryo through the process," Jon said. "We didn’t go into this with anything but the belief that life begins at conception. These embryos deserve every chance at life possible, and we shouldn’t do anything that would put their lives at risk. We felt that was totally God’s business and not ours."

At the ultrasound appointment, the future mom and dad discovered a triple blessing. "When they showed us one, we were just thrilled to death, and then they showed us two and we were just overwhelmed with joy," Jon said. "And then they showed us three, and we just burst out laughing. We were laughing so hard that the stenographer had a hard time finishing her work."

Jon_rodda_kids.jpgAaron Isaac, Ginger Ann, and Sarah Rose were born February 2, 2008 at Baptist Hospital in Nashville. Although they were two months premature, they were strong and healthy for preemies.

Through years of struggling with infertility, Jodi couldn’t imagine what could be better than just getting pregnant. Yet she and Jon learned to trust that God’s ways are better even when we don’t understand. They now celebrate the privilege and blessing of giving three children the opportunity to live.

What are some ways your family has celebrated the sanctity of human life this month?

Mary Beth Chapman on National Adoption Awareness Month

November is National Adoption Awareness Month. I recently had the privilege to sit down and talk to Mary Beth Chapman about her family’s miracle of adoption. Mary Beth provided some practical ideas for ways that every family can support adoption! 

Mary Beth Chapman on National Adoption Awareness Month from ParentLife on Vimeo.

Don’t miss our January 2011 issue of ParentLife featuring Mary Beth. And … we’ll have even more insight from Mary Beth on the blog in the months to come. Stay tuned!

Does your family feel called to adopt? Tell us your story. If your family is not called to adopt, what are some ways that you have supported other families who are adopting?

Caring for Orphans

Adoption is a beautiful picture of God’s unconditional love. For a beautiful story of adoption, be sure not to miss "His Adopted Daughter" by Kimberly Moore in the November 2009 issue of ParentLife.97_11.30.09_orphan.jpg

But maybe your family is not quite ready to adopt a child or God has not placed the  calling of adoption on the life of your family. You can still help care for orphans. Consider the following ministries and organizations.

  • New Horizons for Children. New Horizons for Children is an international hosting program for orphaned children. Visit www.newhorizonsforchildren.org for more information.
  • Sweet Sleep™. Sweet Sleep is a faith-based, nonprofit organization that exists to share God’s love by providing beds to the world’s orphaned and abandoned children. For more information, visit www.sweetsleep.org.
  • Young Heroes. The devastation of AIDS is creating a generation of orphans in Swaziland. Swaziland now has nearly 70,000 orphans who struggle every day for the bare necessities of life. For as little as $20 per month, you can sponsor an orphan family, bringing them the crucial food, clothing, and education they need. Visit http://youngheroes.org.sz.

Is there a particular organization or charity your family contributes to? Does your family help care for orpans? If so, how? Share your ministry ideas with other ParentLife readers by leaving a comment!

A Better Bedtime

Fall is finally here, and with fall comes chilly weather. If you are like me, you’ve already packed away the summer clothes and brought out the warm ones … especially warm pajamas.

Unfortunately, not ever child has the luxury of having warm pajamas. In the U.S. foster care system, alone, there are more than 500,000 children. Every two seconds another child enters the system. Many have been abandoned or abused and have never enjoyed the simple comfort of putting on a cozy pair of pajamas and having a mother or father tuck them in at bedtime and read to them. But now … thanks to the non-profit Pajama Program, thousands of children in orphanages, group homes, and shelters are being given new pajamas and new books.

pajamaprogram.jpgSince its founding in 2001, Pajama Program has donated nearly 600,000 new pajamas and books. Recently, the Pajama Program launched its 2009-2010 awareness and fund-raising campaign — A Better Bedtime

A Better Bedtime aims to focus the nation on a crisis facing far too many of America’s children during “Danger Season” — the block of six cold months between October 1 and March 31 in which it is especially dangerous for a child to be without warm clothing at bedtime. At the Official Pajama Program A Better Bedtime Facebook page visitors are encouraged to share their favorite bedtime stories (from published or original works) on the group’s wall and discussion boards; to offer memories of their own childhood bedtime routines; to upload photos of their favorite pair of pajamas; and to share ideas, stories, and photos from their own local events that support Pajama Program.

To learn about local chapters of Pajama Program and to participate in events, visit http://www.pajamaprogram.org/chapters.html.

To make a financial contribution to Pajama Program, visit http://www.pajamaprogram.org/donate.html or donate via Facebook at http://apps.facebook.com/causes/309815?m=3f1cca43 .
 
To learn about donating new pajamas or new books, to conduct your own local Pajama Program Drive or event, or to become a beneficiary receiving organization of The Pajama Program, visit http://www.pajamaprogram.org/donate.html.  

Have you participated in a Pajama Program event? Tell ParentLife readers all about it by leaving a comment.